Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Pitch with Jean Lucas from Andrews McMeel Universal

Date(s) - 11/01/2019
12:00 am

DoubleTree Hotel, Overland Park
10100 College Blvd. - Overland Park, KS 66210


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If you have purchased a pitch opportunity, you should have received an email. All pitches will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, Overland Park on Friday, NOVEMBER 1st starting at 7pm!


We know that access to industry professionals is in short supply, yet deeply desired. Given that, we are always working to find new opportunities for KS-MO SCBWI members. This year, we are excited to  announce that Kansas City’s own global publisher Andrews McMeel Universal will be on site–in the from of editor Jean Lucas–to take pitches! These are limited to a total of 10–so we apologize in advance if you are unable to secure a slot. Please RESEARCH this publisher BEFORE signing up for a pitch!

Ms. Lucas would like you to come prepared for your 10-minute face-to-face with knowledge about your project and have considered the following:

-What is the project: fiction/nonfiction, storyline, and format

-Competition Research: Why or how is this different from what’s already in the marketplace? And do you know what is in the marketplace?

-Author or illustrator platform: How do you plan to aid in marketing and how would reader’s discover your work?

Ten-minute pitch/critique sessions with Ms. Lucas will be held Friday evening at DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park. The cost is $35 for conference attendees.

Jean Lucas Bio:

Jean Lucas is a Senior Editor in the Book Group at Andrews McMeel Publishing, located in downtown Kansas City. Over the past 24 years, she has managed acquisition of both adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books. As part of the publishing process, she has developed editorial content, as well as supervised the design and production of myriad titles. She focuses primarily on illustrated books including middle grade fiction and nonfiction, in addition to a handful of board books. Some of the fictional series she has edited include: Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior, Trapped in a Video Game, Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, Ghost Network, My Life in Smiley, and most recently Soul Riders. Some of her activity books include: How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals, Build Your Own Theme Park, and Where’s the Llama? Her recent board book list includes: Kahlo’s Koala’s and I Love Me. 

After she received her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Japanese Language from the University of Michigan, she lived in Japan for two years teaching English on the Japan Exchange in Teaching program. She speaks both Chinese and Japanese languages. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kansas where she received a Master of Arts in East Asian Art History. She recently completed the Executive Publishing Course through the School of Management at Yale University. 

Andrews McMeel Publishing children’s list includes the following genres:


Graphic Novels

Board Books

Activity Books

Full-length novels (both illustrated and non-illustrated)


Core Brands: Big Nate, Calvin and Hobbes, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Peanuts, Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior, Tales of an 8-Bit Kitten, Trapped in a Video Game, Escape from a Video Game, Ghost Network, My Life in Smiley, Soul Riders, Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, Wallace the Brave, Nancy, Breaking Cat News, Fox Trot, Mutts, Stinky Cecil, Kid Beowulf, Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things, and Epic Originals. 

Please RESEARCH this publisher BEFORE signing up for a pitch!



This event is fully booked.